What You Need to Know about Kids, Boats and Safety

Children's skin and eyes are more susceptible to the effects of sun than adults', which means that hats with broad brims, sunscreen and UV-protected sunglasses with Croakies or Chums (elastic devices that keep sunglasses attached to the head or secured around the neck, available at any sporting goods store) are essential. Children need junior-size sunglasses that fit their faces and won't slide down their noses.

Shoes with black soles are a big no-no, as they leave scuff marks on boats with white decks. Old tennis shoes with adequate tread can work in a pinch, but boat shoes are especially well designed to avoid slipping. Open-toe rubber sandals are not recommended; they make it too easy to stub toes on cleats and winches.

The following are kid-friendly outfitters and charter operations.

Moorings Sailing Vacations in Pacific, Mediterranean, Caribbean & U.S. Waters
19345 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33764
Bareboat charters and crewed yacht charters.

980 Awald Road, Suite 302
Annapolis, MD 21403
Worldwide sailing vacations.

Arizona Raft Adventure
4050 E. Huntington Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Grand Canyon River and San Juan River trips for families

Sea Trek
85 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965
Kayaking, whale-watching expeditions and natural history cruises.

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